Man with contagious meningitis on the run

2011-12-21 18:54

Pretoria - A man with highly contagious meningococcal meningitis has absconded from Mamelodi Hospital outside Pretoria, the Gauteng health and social development department said on Wednesday.

Health authorities and police are looking for 26-year-old Dave Danneth, of Phomolong extension six, Mamelodi East, spokesperson Simon Zwane said in a statement.

Danneth absconded from the hospital after being diagnosed earlier this month.

"The hospital immediately called his brother, Bongani, and explained the seriousness of the illness to him. The brother confirmed that the patient was at home and promised to return him to the hospital, but never did. The contact number has since been off," he said.

Meningococcal meningitis is contagious. According to the World Health Organisation it can cause severe brain damage and deaths in 50% of cases if left untreated.

It is transmitted through droplets of respiratory or throat secretions, as well as close or prolonged contact such as kissing, sneezing, and coughing on someone.

Symptoms include severe headache, fever, vomiting, irritability, reduced consciousness and rashes on the body.

People were warned to avoid contact with anyone suspected of having meningitis. Zwane strongly advised anyone who did so, to wash themselves immediately afterwards.

"Those who experience these symptoms or have been in contact with people with meningitis should immediately present themselves at a health facility where they will be examined and given necessary medication," Zwane said.

  • ReunionofIntelligentMinds - 2011-12-21 19:23

    I think Dave Danneth is hiding something and does not want to be found in case he thinks the police are looking for him. The hospital should have his identity number. What about a police check on this person to see if he is wanted or not?

      Betweenuandme - 2011-12-21 19:42

      Or maybe he doesn't like hospitals?

      David - 2011-12-22 13:10

      It seems only our leaders like hospitals once they get convicted :-)

  • George - 2011-12-21 19:56

    Well the hole of our parliment must have it

  • alexandra.nett - 2011-12-21 20:27


  • Nikki Bodenstein - 2011-12-21 21:17

    Well he's probably dead..

      Monique - 2011-12-22 09:45

      by now yes...

  • richard.crouch - 2011-12-21 22:51

    How about a picture of the idiot so we know who to stay away from. His face should be on every front page and TV news station

  • Mantsho - 2011-12-21 22:51


  • Ben - 2011-12-22 00:29

    just look out for the guy trying to cough on everyone

  • Breinlekkasie - 2011-12-22 07:57

    This guys does not know what headache means but he is about to find out. Death is probably knocking at his door as we speak.

  • Mbeko - 2011-12-22 08:12

    ...find him and put him right next to Selebi...the two have something in is running from prison and one is running from hospital...

  • Comrade - 2011-12-22 09:34

    Lets hope he goes to

      Monique - 2011-12-22 09:47

      That's funny!

  • Mphotent - 2011-12-22 09:41

    I will put on a mask on me till he is found.

  • TheWatcher - 2011-12-22 10:31

    I hope when he's caught they charge him with attempted murder. What an idiot!

  • Malose - 2011-12-22 10:34

    hi all , ask me about being atmitted at hospital i'll tell , is better u die at home than at hospital .....from doctors to sup general of hosp are careless

  • Seja - 2011-12-22 10:50

    Perhaps both him and the brother are now dead ... and their phone battery went dead in the process with no one to charge it. Question is where did this dude catch this meningitis from?? where did he go in the days before infection?? and since police have his address and last location of the cellphone used by the brother it should be simpler to find these two men.

      Itumeleng - 2011-12-22 16:40

      exactly before even coming to the press, priorities before it spreads and we end up with large-scale infected people, it can spread like fire

  • Johann - 2011-12-22 11:24

    So - now I also know why some of our leaders are making idiotic remarks. They visited him while he was still in hospital!

  • Shirley - 2011-12-22 12:36

    Where is security??? Still striking?? Infectious patients a re supposed to be monitored! IF they catch him-charge him with attempted murder!

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